Let’s Talk About ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5

“Unbowed. Unbent. Unbroken” – the words of House Martell. Keenly enough, the phrase is doubly symbolic. It’s the title of THE episode in Season 5 that stirred a lot of online fan fervor. We’re also introduced to the Sand Snakes this season – a widely derided plotline that left much to be desired. Lastly, Season 5 brought about the abrupt conclusion of Stannis’ campaign for the Iron Throne— and the fate of one character that still remains as the show at its most heedlessly cruel, even by Game of Thrones’ standards. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Top Ten Favorite Moments

Now that we’ve GoT the clashes and big battles out of the way, I’d like to key in on my personal favorite scenes. The smaller, quieter moments (comparatively) that showcase to me what Game of Thrones is really all about: prestige actors acting opposite one another and fully inhabiting a world. It’s an unspoken or purely spoken joy that I don’t feel we often recognize because DRAGONS. To be fair, dragons are pretty awesome. These ten moments below, they’re pretty spectacular too. What were your favorites? Continue reading

A Clash of Swords: Game of Thrones’ Best Battles

The Long Night is upon us y’all.

After taking a year off, it’s safe to say the anticipation for Game of Thrones’ final season is ready to burst like the Sept of Baelor. As we wait out this final stretch before the premiere, I’ll be taking a look back on past seasons with deep dives, discussions, and lists long enough to test Arya’s patience.

First up: the show’s best battle sequences. I’m not going to limit myself to just the big army battles, but all the spectacular PVPs in between. It’s going to get bloody. (And, from what’s been teased of the upcoming season, it’s about to get even bloodier.)

Let the ranking begin. Continue reading

My Daughter and Captain Marvel

When my daughter begged to go see Captain Marvel again, I knew this was something special. She never begs me for anything, you see. She tells me we’re going to McDonald’s; that I’m getting her a new toy, or that we’re making another tub of slime. (Please, my living room, it looks like the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. HELP) When I picked her up the week following Captain Marvel’s release, she came out of her classroom sporting a marvelous jumper and I knew.

I did the same thing after watching 2000’s X-Men and I wore no other shirts to school except ones that had Wolverine on them, and again after 2002’s Spider-Man. My little captain told me about her favorite parts of the movie while stressing that though she had seen it already, she HAD to see it twice. I said we’ll go this weekend. No, she meant today. Like, right now.

I said okay, but we have to do her homework first.

She told me she’d get started during the drive. She REALLY wanted to see Captain Marvel again. Continue reading

On Gaming and Re-embracing an Identity

I knew I was going to buy Anthem when I saw the preview last year. It wasn’t the premise that sold me, despite the high-concept sci-fi allure a la Mass Effect, nor was it the fact that you get to fly around like a knockoff Iron Man— which looked freakin’ breathtaking.

The heroes you play are called freelancers.

I fell in love.

As a freelance writer, my days aren’t nearly as action-packed, but I gotta say, sometimes it really does feel like you’re fighting enemies (an insanely competitive job market), giant bugs (sending and resending invoices), and massive titans (clients who aren’t specific, or keep changing the terms). Anthem, too, sports some double entendres that I feel deep down in my core. At one point a nemesis says, “you’re useless, freelancer.” It’s like, I know. Sheeesh.

I haven’t been this ecstatic about a video game in 4 years. Because 4 years ago, I thought I was done with gaming. Continue reading